Britain Denies Agreeing to Pay EU Exit Bill

Peace and Freedom


AUG. 7, 2017, 9:15 A.M. E.D.T.

BERLIN — The Latest on Brexit (all times local):

3:15 p.m.

The British government denies it has agreed the amount of its European Union exit bill, after a report that it plans offer 36 billion pounds ($47 billion).

Britain’s outstanding tab to settle commitments it made as an EU member is one of the biggest issues confronting the divorce talks. The EU says it won’t discuss future trade relations with Britain until there is progress on the bill and other key issues.

The Sunday Telegraph reported that British officials have decided to offer 36 billion pounds, or 40 billion euros, in a bid to move talks on.

Prime Minister Theresa May’s spokesman, James Slack, said Monday that Britain was prepared to pay a “fair settlement” of its obligations. But, he added, “in terms of this figure, I don’t recognize it.”

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